Reading: NGO Local Pay Survey Update – July, 2011

30 JUN
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No, it’s not a locker combination.  These are key figures for NGO Local Pay surveys as we reach July 1, 2011.

  • Thirteen surveys have been published since we relaunched the surveys as NGO Local Pay in September, 2010.
  • Sixteen surveys are currently underway as of today (June 30th).
  • Seven more surveys already scheduled for launch in July/August, with more expected.

The NGO Local Pay surveys are more popular than ever, and we have been enjoying terrific success in working with the international development community to offer these surveys.

Upcoming in July, some of our most popular surveys from past years, including Haiti and Kenya will be launched.  In fact, we will be launching most of the remaining East African countries, including Ethiopia, Tanzania and in August, Uganda, to complement surveys already underway or published in Rwanda and South Sudan.

Our geographic reach is expanding, too.  With the launch of Bolivia last week, we’ve added our fourth survey in Latin America.  Vietnam and Indonesia are underway in Asia, along with many other surveys in Africa.

Check the survey status page for the most updated information about surveys in-progress and planned.

Why Should You Participate Every Year?
Many organizations have told us that they only review their salary scales formally every other year, or even every three years.  So why should they participate in the survey every year?

Here are four reasons why you should make surveys an annual exercise:

  1. The market changes every year, and is very dynamic, especially in developing countries.  Even if you don’t do a full review of your scale every year, you need to adjust it to keep pace with the changes in the market.  A simple comparison between a new survey and the prior one will provide hard data on which you can base your pay decisions.
  2. The survey is more reliable if a constant group of employers participates every year.  Since each organization has their own cycle for pay reviews, even if it’s not the year your organization does the review, it’s probably the right time for another organization.  By joining the survey in your “off-years” it helps the other members of the community.  You would expect the same from others, if it was your review year, right?
  3. Updates are easy and take less time.  Since we have already captured your data once, we can use an update process which is quick and easy for the following year.
  4. Cost is reasonable.  We lowered the cost of participation last September from $900 to $595, over 33%!  It’s one of the best deals anywhere for comprehensive and consistent market data.

Many of you stopped by at our booth at the InsideNGO Annual Meeting, which was held in early June in Washington, D.C.  It was great to meet so many of you, some for the first time.  We hope to see more of you at the September People In Aid Reward Conference in London.

Remember to Register
NGO Local Pay surveys are still scheduled based largely on demand from the community. If you are interested in a survey which has not yet launched, be sure to register so we can record your interest.  There are many countries that need just two or three more organizations to be launched.

Spread the Word
One of the most effective ways to ensure a survey is launched in your countries of interest is to help us publicize the survey to peer organizations. Materials on the website under “Promote the Survey” can be used for this purpose, and include versions in English, French and Spanish.  We have been able to launch several surveys more quickly – DR Congo, Malawi, Niger, Swaziland, Sierra Leone and Mauritania to name a few – with the help of clients helping with outreach.

Another way to help is to spread the word to peers before the survey launches.  For example, CRS in Haiti offered to circulate information there to organizations that had not yet registered for the survey, even though we already had sufficient registration for launch.

Finally, if you are a member of a consortium of NGOs, be sure to mention the survey at your next consortium meeting.  We know that NGO Local Pay is gaining recognition in the community, but there are still agencies that don’t know us!

Questions?  Contact Us for More Information!
Our Engagement Team stands ready to assist you with any questions about our surveys or the registration process.  Just send an email using the Contact Us link, or call.  Thank you for helping to make NGO Local Pay a success.


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